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Keagan Chasenski

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Keagan has always had a connection with wildlife, having been lucky enough to visit Londolozi as a child. After growing up in Johannesburg, he attended boarding school in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands where weekends were spent exploring the reserve and appreciating his surroundings. ...

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A wonderful reminder of time spent watching a giraffe’s neck ‘ruminate’ as you explained the process in 2022. I’m thinking this kind of digestion would be fantastic for ‘us’ humans … if only?!

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Love the stories can you please tell us what the tsalala lioness has been doing thank you

Keagan, thanks for the continuing education. The animal world is truly diverse which allows for individuals survival with different techniques.

Hi Keagan, a very nice revision of a physiology lesson! Yes, they don’t optimize nutrition in a classic way we learn it, in opposite to carnivores that get fat and protein sources in a single beat, but evolution has its way as you wrote very well. Every creature is perfectly adapted to the environment they live in. There are many studies lately on giraffe communication, that seems to be as complex as elephants. Who knows, maybe one day this topic will get further into hippos, rhinos, antelopes languages. It is easier for us to understand that don’t use infra- and ultrasounds. Giraffe seem to be silent but actually they have a complex language… very nice

Thanks, Keagan, for this fascinating blog on ruminants. It is always so interesting to read about the different ways nature is working. Just so interesting. I have learned so much about animals and plants from you guys.

Hi Keagan it is quite a process for the food to be processed properly in the 4 chambered stomach. I watch the Nyala bull that comes to visit me here on the reserve, after he has eaten he comes and lies on our grass and starts to chew the cud. He seems so relaxed and totally at ease. Thanks for you information on their stomach adaptations.

Thanks so much for this super informative blog post Keagan. I learned so much new information, and have an even greater appreciation and understanding of these animals!

This is definitely a tutorial on how rumination works. I hadn’t considered that the microorganisms in the stomach produce a form of protein and in doing so offers more energy as well as the nutrition. When nature is prospering, all of the creatures of the wild face no survival issues. However, experiencing droughts, fires, floods those same hearty creatures need to adapt and for the ruminants, perhaps they have a bit of an advantage.

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Hi Keagan, What plant sources would be high in protein vs. low in protein?

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